DYK: Cut and Run – Sometimes it’s not cowardly but is the best action

cut and runCut and run is a phrase used in the context of a cowardly defeat but actually the phrase ‘Cut and Run’ is a nautical term. In an emergency rather than haul up an anchor the sailors would cut the anchor cable then run with the wind.

In nautical usage however the term does not necessarily carry the pejorative sense because cutting and running is sometimes imperative to save the ship in the case of an approaching storm.

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